Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including our first possible look at the LG G3, iPlayer downloads working on more Android phones, and a look at Ubuntu Mobile running on a new phone.
1. Is This the LG G3?
While it’s not a photo of the phone, a mock-up published online is the closest we’ve come to seeing the rumoured LG G3 smartphone’s final design yet. Apparently created by someone with access to the phone, it’s said the device is a similar size to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but will have a slightly larger display. The body is supposed to be made from polycarbonate, and may have a metallic-look rear panel.
2. LG L65 Leaked
A new LG smartphone has been leaked online. It’s called the L65, and if the accompanying spec is correct, we should expect it to be a mid-range Android phone. The screen apparently measures 4.3-inches, and the device could be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. A 5 megapixel camera is expected to sit on the rear panel, alongside an LED flash. There’s no information on when the device will be made official.
3. See Ubuntu Mobile Running on a Smartphone
Canonical’s Ubuntu Mobile is slowly edging towards its release, and one of the company’s partners has posted a video showing the new OS in action. Meizu, a Chinese smartphone brand, will be one of the first to release an Ubuntu phone later this year, and the video shows it running on an MX3 phone. Take a look at it below.
4. Samsung Confident for Galaxy S5 Success
A Samsung executive has said in an interview the company expects the new Galaxy S5 to sell more than the Galaxy S4, and beat predictions that the market has turned against Samsung. He confirmed the S5 is already outselling the S4, but wasn’t able to share figures. The Galaxy S4 reached 10 million sales in the first month.
5. BBC iPlayer Download Service Expanded
The BBC has expanded device compatibility for its iPlayer download service, enabling more Android phones to grab shows directly from the app, ready to watch offline. Provided your Android phone uses Ice Cream Sandwich or later as its OS, the feature should be active now.
6. Nokia Warns Against Using the Lumia 2520 Charger
Nokia has sent a warning out to owners of the Lumia 2520 tablet, saying the AC-300 charger may have a fault, where the cover can come lose and expose live wires. Due to the possibility of electric shock, Nokia is working on a solution now. If this affects you, all the information will be published on this dedicated Nokia page.
7. Nokia’s Going Underwater with Mission 31
Nokia is supporting Mission 31, an amazing plan for Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, to spend 31 days underwater while investigating the Florida Keys coast. Everything will be documented using the Lumia 1020 and its 41 megapixel PureView camera. Check out the promo video below.
8. LG Lucid 3 Officially Launched in America
The Verizon network in the USA has announced the LG Lucid 3, a mid-range smartphone running Android KitKat, and equipped with the Knock Code security feature. The phone has a 4.7-inch, 960×540 pixel resolution screen, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, and 8GB of internal memory.
9. Line App Opens Sticker Marketplace
Japan’s Line messaging app is famous for its awesome selection of stickers, which can be added into messages while you chat to friends. It has now opened the Line Creators Market, where anyone can create, upload, and share their own range of stickers with the app’s 400 million user base. Stickers can be sold through the new market, and Line will take 50 percent of the proceeds.
10. Xiaomi to Expand Operations Further
Popular Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has confirmed it will enter a selection of new markets later this year. Sadly, the UK isn’t one of them yet. Instead, it’ll start selling its reasonably priced, well-specced hardware in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philipines and Thailand. Once these are completed, Xiaomi wants to move into India, Brazil, Mexico and Latin America.